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Left 4 Dead 3 appears in Counter-Strike 2 files

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The internet is currently buzzing about mentions of Left 4 Dead 3 appearing in files for the upcoming Counter-Strike 2. So apparently Valve can count to 3 — not the 3 the majority of their fans will want I imagine but still, why is it there at all in a huge upgrade for CS:GO?

Mentioned in a Reddit post, it shows up with some curious strings:

This has led some other news sites to run headlines like "Left 4 Dead 3 is a non-priority", because it makes for a great bit of clickbait, even though it also says the severity is "high". Realistically, no one outside of Valve will even know what these strings are actually doing.

Left 4 Dead 2 is easily one of my absolute favourites from Valve, so I'm cautiously excited over this. Clearly Valve are slowly getting back into actual games. We had the fantastic (and one of my all-time favourite experiences) with Half-Life: Alyx, Counter-Strike 2 coming this Summer and then who knows what? Valve hit a home-run with the Steam Deck as well, and clearly what has been announced for Counter-Strike 2 has a lot of people excited so it would be good to see them keep up this momentum.

What do you think? Might we get a Left 4 Dead 3 announcement at some point?

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fabertawe Mar 27, 2023
Five days early?

Edit: Valve, not Liam!

Last edited by fabertawe on 27 March 2023 at 12:04 pm UTC
StoneColdSpider Mar 27, 2023
M@GOid Mar 27, 2023
L4D2 is overrated. There is nothing special in that game. And I did not played over 3000 hours of it. No sir.
WorMzy Mar 27, 2023
L4D2: Episode 1, surely?
pmatulka Mar 27, 2023
Sorry for off-topic but I am puzzled why Valve named next CS game Counter-Strike 2.
There was: Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike Source, Counter-Strike Condition Zero, Counter-Strike GO and next will be Counter-Strike 2. How? Is Valve really don't like number 3 so much?
Klaas Mar 27, 2023
If there really is a file with the content included in CS2, someone might have put it there as a joke.
pete910 Mar 27, 2023
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Quoting: KlaasIf there really is a file with the content included in CS2, someone might have put it there as a joke.

That wouldn't surprise me, be a cruel joke though but funny

Quoting: pmatulkaIs Valve really don't like number 3 so much?

There is know way Valve will call it L4D3, they would rather call it L4D: back in the shit! They just don't do threes ! Think they're allergic to the number 3.

Unless hell as frozen over
Turkeysteaks Mar 27, 2023
Next we'll be hearing about HL3 & Portal 3!
mr-victory Mar 27, 2023
Quoting: pete910Think they're allergic to the number 3. Unless hell as frozen over
Obligatory reminder that SteamOS 3 exists
Klaas Mar 27, 2023
Quoting: mr-victorySteamOS 3
Only on the Steam Deck. The *ahem* highly anticipated sequel on normal PCs is still not available.
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